Sloth Conservation And Wildlife Experience

Company : The Great Projects
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Wildlife Tours
Country: Costa Rica
Location : Costa Rica
Duration: 2 weeks to 4 weeks
Approx Costs: 750 to 2000 £ Pound (UK)

Take the chance to become a volunteer in the beautiful Costa Rican rainforest and aid in the conservation of sloths and many other exotic wildlife species. 

This project is based deep in the Costa Rican rainforest and it has an awe-inspiring backstory. The project was founded back in 1999 by two young girls who had a passion for saving the rainforest, and with the help of adult supervision they began to sell crafts at the side of the road to raise money to save the forest. Eventually, their hard work paid off and the shop began to expand and develop. Since then the project has grown into the impressive sanctuary it is today and it now helps over 200 local, in need animals including the world famous sloth and many others such as birds, monkeys and adorable anteaters! 

The project centre is surrounded by many acres of verdant rainforest, and by volunteering here you will have the chance to become fully immersed in the incredible biodiversity that Costa Rica has to offer. You will play a crucial role in helping to protect not only the sloths that reside at the centre, but also the many other animals that are resident at the centre. Your assistance with activities such as maintenance, food preparation, monitoring and construction will be crucial in helping the centre to run smoothly and to make sure that the region's wildlife has a safe haven for years to come.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at the project site from the airport (transfer fee not included) and you will have time to settle in and meet all of the other volunteers. You will be shown around all of the facilities including the laundry room, pool and kitchen. 

Day 2-14

Project days - Volunteers will be working from 8.30am until around 5.50pm. The latter part of the day may be spent walking the animals, but please note all activities can change very quickly due to the nature of the project! 

Day 15

After a farewell party you will need to make your way from the project site back to the airport. 

Project Activities

On this project you will get the chance to take part in a wide variety of exciting activities. Below are examples of some of those included in this project.

Enclosure Cleaning

You will help to clean the enclosures of the animals to ensure that all of the animals residents have a hygienic environment in which to live.

Enrichment 

You will also help to stimulate the animals by encouraging natural behaviours through enrichment.

Food Preparation and Distributing 

You will spend time collecting and preparing food and water for the animals at the sanctuary and then give it out to them.

Behavioural Observation

As a volunteer you will help to observe the animals behaviours to ensure that they remain healthy.

Reforestation 

At this project trees are planted to provide food, shelter, and a safe corridor for the local animals to use. You will be working in teams of three to plant the trees which will provide a safe haven for the local wildlife. 

Educational Research & Reports 

A big part of this project is working to teach others about the importance of conservation and you will play a big part in this. You will have the chance to gather information on a topic you are passionate about and then share it with tourists and visitors to a local Inn in an attempt to help spread awareness. 

Start Dates

Any day throughout the year.

Costs / Benefits

Price from £803

What's included in the cost of the project:
A monetary contribution to the project itself
Full orientation and support from the project managers
Accommodation and meals as indicated
All activities on the project site
Wifi
Laundry Facilities (once a week)
Access to a swimming pool

What's not included in the cost of the project?
Flights
Insurance
Visas (if needed)
Snacks and alcoholic beverages
Outside leisure activities
Prepared meals for breakfast and dinner (food will be provided)

Requirements

You will spend a lot of time on this project on your feet and walking from location to location, so you will need to have a good level of fitness. It can be very humid in Costa Rica so please bear this in mind when deciding if this is the project for you. When the offer to visit the reforestation plantation comes up, please be aware that this involves a lot of walking on uneven ground, as well as up and down quite steep terrain. In the rainy season this land can be quite treacherous. so be sure to take the correct footwear for this activity, as well as taking into account your own physical capabilities.

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